WRITING DESK WITH SILVER PRESENTATION PLAQUE, ID’D TO THE 15TH PENNSYLVANIA “ANDERSON” CAVALRY REGIMENT

$3,000.00
Originally $3,500.00

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Item Code: 945-286

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This writing desk with its silver engraved plaque is truly an item worthy of any advanced collection or museum.

The desk is made of mahogany wood and meas. approx. 17.75 inches long x 10.00 inches wide x 6.25 inches high when closed. The exterior has some minor scuffs and scratches consistent with age. The only visible crack is in the upper left corner of the lid. It is a slightly opened crack measuring approx. 7.50 inches long.

The corners of the desk are not dovetailed but are held together by brass brackets. Brass handles are attached at the lower sides. On one side the handle acts as a pull for a hidden drawer that can be released by lifting a pin placed alongside the writing surface of the interior. There is a small amount of missing wood in the area of the drawer’s edge. The bottom panel of the desk is of plain unfinished wood and is missing two thin pieces.

The front of the desk has a brass shield shaped keyhole escutcheon (no key is present) while at center of the lid is a wonderful oval silver plaque that meas. approx. 2.75 x 1.75 inches. The edge of the plaque is decorated with scroll work and engraved at center is “PRESENTED TO THE 15TH REGT. ANDERSON CAVALRY BY THEIR LADY FRIENDS OF PHILAD. APRIL 26TH, 1864.”

Lid swings on brass hinges and when opened presents a writing surface approx. 16.75 x 17.25 inches. Along the top edge of the writing surface is a channel divided into five sections. Four are similar in size and are square while the fifth is rectangular and meant for holding pens and scrappers. The latter has a wooden lid with bone knob.

The writing surface is covered in green felt that is still in good overall condition but is worn at center where the desk folds for closing. The writing surface both above and below this fold lifts to reveal compartments for paper and envelopes.

The 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry was organized in October of 1862 and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. The regiment saw action at Stones River, Mossy Creek and several smaller skirmishes.

During its service the regiment lost 128 officers and men killed, died wounds and disease plus others wounded.  [ad]

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